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5 Crucial Stages That Have the Potential to Make or Break Your Relationship
During the first few weeks or months of a relationship, I'm always skeptical of my feelings for the other person. After all, I've been warned that these early feelings can be chalked up to the honeymoon phase , when you're infatuated with the thrill of a new relationship and just excited that your partner wants to date you. But according to research, the honeymoon phase lasts from 12 to 24 months. That's up to two years! I've never even been in a relationship for more than two years, so how do I know if my relationships have been based on genuine love or just early infatuation? The honeymoon phase is over when "romantic partners lose some of their 'newness' and the excitement fades — and, for many people, the unhappy reality sinks in," certified counselor Jonathan Bennett, founder of Double Trust Dating , tells Bustle. It allows you to both see each other openly and honestly and decide if the relationship is worth continuing.
You feel on top of the world when you fall in love. Everything under the sky seems beautiful. There is a different gait to your walk and a spring in your step. The first few months of a love relationship are the best. You are always happy in this period and nothing ever seems to get you down. All you can think about all day long is your love. You love being with your partner and you both only have mushy and romantic feelings amidst you.
Most relationships naturally progress through three stages. The lust stage, or beginning stage, is when you first realize that you like someone and may want to pursue a relationship.
Relationship Phases - How Long Does The Honeymoon Phase Last?
Why is it, then, that the stages of a romantic relationship seem more difficult to decipher? While it's true that every relationship cycles through different phases, what exactly they entail and how long they last differ from couple to couple. When is it best for couples to start getting serious?